Approximately 772,000 children are confirmed by Child Protective Services each year as being abused or neglected. These confirmed cases, however, represent only a fraction of the true magnitude of the problem. Child maltreatment is a significant public health problem in the United States. In 2007, approximately 772,000 children were confirmed by Child Protective Services as being abused or neglected. These confirmed cases, however, represent only a fraction of the true magnitude of the problem. Most cases are not reported and child maltreatment remains a largely hidden problem.
There is overwhelming scientific evidence that child maltreatment can lead to a broad range of physical and emotional health problems. Short-term physical injuries include cuts, bruises, burns, and broken bones. Abuse can also lead to permanent disabilities including visual, motor, and cognitive impairments. Prolonged maltreatment causes extreme or "toxic" stress that can disrupt early brain development and impair the functioning of the nervous and immune systems, leaving children vulnerable to chronic diseases later in life. For example, maltreatment has been associated with heart, lung, and liver disease in adulthood.
Yesterday, today and tomorrow, the King County, Washington community has come to rely on Childhaven as a recognized leader in therapeutic child care for the youngest victims of abuse and neglect. By focusing on research-based methods of attentive care, developmental therapy and parenting education, Childhaven’s approach is proven to forever change lives. By investing in Childhaven today, the community helps to ensure the unlimited potential of children who will go on to become nurturing, loving parents themselves.
To break the cycle of abuse and neglect, Childhaven is the only nonprofit organization in King County dedicated to the mission of healing young and vulnerable victims of abuse while breaking the cycle that leads to more hurt, more trauma. For many children, Childhaven is the one constant in a young life marked by unpredictability and turmoil. For many families, they are their first real chance to stay together. They come to Childhaven from lives marked by abuse and neglect. They leave with enduring relationships and hope for the future.
To support Childhaven, please visit: https://www.childhaven.org/